Smokey Dum Keema

This weekend, I went home for my mums birthday. As usual, instead of letting us (my siblings and I) spoil her, she spoiled us! She cooked an amazing breakfast with choley (chickpea curry), baturay (fried flatbread- a bit like poori but fluffy and not as oily) and smokey dum keema (minced meat).
I think I put on a stone after that breakfast but it was so worth it! I then topped it all up with a hot cup of chai. Ahhhh, bliss!


For the meat marinade:

  • 1kg minced mutton (you can also used beef or lamb)
  • 1 large onions finely chopped and browned
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ground chickpeas (this makes it super tender)
  • 1 tsp ground poppy seeds (aka khashkhaash)
  • Salt to taste

For cooking:

    • Splash of oil
    • 1 onion finely sliced
    • A handful of chopped coriander
    • 2 green chillies
    • Coal (optional)


      1. In a large mixing bowl, combine minced meat, browned onions, chilli flakes, garam masala, yogurt, ground chickpeas, poppy seeds, salt.
      2. Refrigerate for an hour
      3. In a pan, add a splash of oil
      4. Add 1 finely sliced onion and brown
      5. Add meat mixture
      6. Cook for 20 minutes on high heat
      7. Sprinkle green chillies and coriander
      8. On a separate hob, heat the coal
      9. Place a small piece of foil in the meat pan and put the coal on top
      10. Pour a tablespoon of oil over the coal to create some smoke
      11. Cover the pan with the lid and let it cook on low heat for 30 minutes

Ta-da! Dum keema is done.

Best served with a fluffy batura or a naan.

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